An international debut performance featuring trumpeter Avishai Cohen and three Indian masters. Press here and enter code 218006 for a 25% discount for the show
While gracing the most prestigious stages from New York to London, and serving as the musical director for the Jerusalem Jazz Festival, it was on the beaches of Goa that trumpeter Avishai Cohen found meaning, inspiration and serenity, and it’s there that he lives with his family in recent years. His new and intriguing composition weaves together the different worlds that make up his world, and combines rich jazz and the ancient classical traditions of Indian music.
Cohen’s permanent band, one of the most prominent of Israel’s jazz elite that has conquered the New York scene, is adding three Indian masters to its lineup, each of whom descends from a respected musical dynasty. Together, they are creating a shared language that bridges gaps and ties up all loose ends.
Alongside the trumpet, piano, bass and drums, the YMCA’s enchanted stage will give pride of place to the sarangi (an ancient string instrument from North India), the bansuri (a traditional bamboo flute), and, of course, the tabla (a percussion instrument that is synonymous with classical Indian music). The ensemble will delve into a deep contemplative state that is part wistful and part energetic with an overarching theme of compassion, inclusiveness and acceptance. Meditation, which is an fundamental concept in both Indian culture and jazz, will be also make its way into this fascinating meeting of artists from different backgrounds and distant shores who celebrate a love of music and humanity together.